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Economic Development and Inclusive Economies

Focus of our research

Encouraging economic growth and development is a core aim of public policy; however, there is increasing concern with the question ‘who gains from growth?’.  This has been brought into sharp focus by the global financial crisis, continued economic and social inequalities, and on-going austerity in many countries.  In the UK, there are long-running concerns about low-pay, productivity and spatial disparities in economic performance and outcomes, as well as increasing concerns about insecurity in the labour market.  There is also a growing acknowledgement that future growth and development must be ‘greener’ and more sustainable.  Yet questions remain about the ability to balance economic, social and environmental sustainability – with an associated proliferation of proposed development models, such as local economic development (LED), the low carbon economy, the circular economy, a sharing economy, community economic development and community finance.

The economic and social outcomes of growth and development relate to both the type of growth which is generated and the mechanisms connecting this to the experiences of workers, citizens and communities.  The aim of this CBiS research cluster is to develop high quality and impactful research, which seeks to inform and shape policy on the future challenges for economic development and inclusive economies.  

Specific areas of focus are:

  • Understanding the economic and social implications of different approaches to economic development, forms of growth and associated business models;
  • Generating insights into how the benefits of growth and development can accrue more broadly and equitably, including implications for policymaking; 
  • Developing practice and learning through our regional position and partnerships.

Core Cluster Themes

Three streams of work underlie this cluster’s focus:

  1. Inclusive economies
  2. The impact of social and economic development 
  3. Greening growth

Read more in our Research Cluster Brochure.


PhD Opportunities

Encouraging economic growth and development is a core aim of public policy; however, there is increasing concern with the question ‘who gains from growth?’. We welcome PhD applications which explore a range of topics relating to growth and inclusion. These include city growth, employment policy, social investment and community finance; and the impact of economic development, such as strategies for local and regional economies, including motorsport and advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship and business models.

Research proposals are particularly welcome in the following areas:

  • Factors Impacting on Inclusive Economies: City growth, social investment and community finance.
  • The Impact of Economic Development: Strategies for local and regional economies, including motorsport and advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship and business models.
  • Factors Affecting Green Growth: Exploring the development process, infrastructure, skills and investment which can support more ecologically sustainable development.

For all enquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Nick Henry (nick.henry@coventry.ac.uk) or Dr Paul Sissons (paul.sissons@coventry.ac.uk)

Guidance on Coventry University’s PGR eligibility and application process can be found here.

More detail on the Centre for Business in Society can be found here or contact the Centre’s PGR Director, Dr Jason Begley (jason.begley@coventry.ac.uk).

Self-funding or corporately sponsored PhD applications are always welcome. Some fees-only bursaries and full studentships might be available on a competitive basis.